My friend, Melissa, recently moved into a house and apparently the dishwasher was left in a disgraceful state, and she said she was going to 'descale' the machine. Hmmm.... that got me thinking. I have lived here for almost 7 years and never once done anything to maintain my dishwasher - oops!
So, I did my trusty Google search and came up with some great tips, which I am going to share with you...
Firstly, I watched a few Youtube movies on how to clean out the drain. Water had been backing up in my dishwasher drain, so this seemed like a good place to start.
|This is revolting! I am so embarrassed!|
Then I decided to try this tip, which I read on the ehow website here. I simply poured some bicarb soda into the filter/drain part, and then added vinegar. Magic! All of the hissing and bubbling was great. It indicated to me that my drain was getting a good clean out (and I wasn't scrubbing a thing!). I added a big splash of vinegar 3 times, letting the bubbles subside each time, and then I decided that it was probably enough.
Finally, I added liquid bleach to my detergent dispenser, plus splashed a bit of bleach around that drain area for good luck, and ran a normal cycle (empty).
I will gladly share that my loads have since been coming out sparkling and I am super happy with the outcome! And the drain has been emptying completely too!
|Completely clean and clear of water after every load now!|
A few last tips I found in my research:
- Run the hot water tap of your sink prior to starting the dishwasher, as this gets hot water into the pipes and the first shot of water that the dishwasher sprays on your dishes is much more effective if it is hot.
- Adjust the amount of Rinse Aid you are releasing each wash - I had no idea I could adjust this, it is just a small dial where you add the Rinse Aid. My glasses were going blue - so I turned mine down from 4 to 2, and now they are crystal clear! (You can watch a Youtube clip on this here.)
I hope that you find these tips useful - they are all cheap ways to give your dishwasher a little lovin'!